LPAC, the national lesbian political organization and political action committee (PAC), has announced its first 2018 endorsement and support of the following candidates: Angie Craig, U.S. Representative – Minnesota District 2, Kate Brown, Governor – Oregon, Dana Nessel, Attorney General – Michigan and Joy Silver, State Senate – California District 28.
“We are thrilled to support these candidates as this critical midterm election year begins. Starting now, we must organize to elect as many progressive candidates as we can to resist the Trump Administration’s hostile, anti-woman, racist, and anti-LGBTQ agenda. All of these candidates merit our support and LPAC will do all it can to make a difference in their races,” said Urvashi Vaid, Interim Executive Director of LPAC.
LPAC supports Nessel because she is a champion of women’s rights, LGBT equality, civil rights and social justice. Michigan needs more statewide leaders who are willing to represent all their constituents and we believe that Nessel will be an open, inclusive, fair, and effective advocate for the people of this great state.
Nessel has been endorsed by a diverse cross-section of community leaders and organizations including the Ingham County Prosecutor Carol Siemon, Young Democrats of Michigan, the Progressive Democratic the Women’s Caucus of Muskegon County, The Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy, and Detroit Crime Commission Deputy Director Ellis Stafford.
LPAC is also proud to join other organizations that have endorsed Craig, including Bend the Arc Jewish Action PAC, End Citizens United, Equality PAC, EMILY’s List, Ironworkers Local 512, International Association of Machinists District 77, International Union of Painters and Allied Trades District Council 82, League of Conservation Voters Action Fund and United Steel Workers. Craig is a strong contender against her pro-Trump rival. With a community coalition effort, she will prevail.
Brown is running for re-election as Governor of Oregon, is an out bisexual woman and is the only openly LGBTQ governor in the country. Brown has strong support from a diverse coalition in her state, including Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon, NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon, Basic Rights Oregon, Human Rights Campaign, Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund, Emily’s List, Oregon AFL-CIO, Oregon Building and Construction Trades Council, Oregon School Employees Association, Oregon AFSCME and Oregon League of Conservation Voters have endorsed Brown. Gov. Brown is running unopposed as the incumbent and is well positioned to win the general election.
Finally, LPAC is thrilled to endorse Silver, a successful small business owner and out lesbian living in Palm Springs and challenging incumbent Jeff Stone for California State Senate, District 28. Silver has the strong support of a diverse coalition in her state district including U.S. Representative Raul Ruiz, former US Senator Barbara Boxer, California Democratic Women’s Legislative Caucus, Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO of San Bernardino/Riverside Counties, Democratic Women of the Desert and many more.
LPAC will provide technical support and financial support to campaigns as appropriate.